Given that over 30% of Maricopa County’s polling places experienced voting system malfunctions on Election Day last week, the Kari Lake campaign for governor of Arizona demanded that Maricopa County’s election be rerun.
“This election was irreparably compromised by voter disenfranchisement,” the campaign wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.
The campaign team for the Republican candidate continued, “The appropriate thing to do would be to let Maricopa County cast their votes again.”
The tweet that prompted the post noted that Lake and Katie Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor, were closing the gap, with only about 17,000 votes (or 0.06 percent of the total votes cast) standing between them currently.
Abe Hamadeh, a Republican running for attorney general, is currently just 771 votes, or less than 0.01 percent, behind Kris Mayes, a Democrat.
When the margin of error between the candidates is 0.05 percent or less, a recount is required.
Imagine if the tabulators had worked in primarily red districts!
Again, this election was irreparably compromised by voter disenfranchisement.
We don't care if this is unprecedented.
The appropriate thing to do would be to let Maricopa County cast their votes again. https://t.co/ckUht5N8h5
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) November 16, 2022
In the election, more than 2.5 million votes were cast statewide, and more than 1.5 million of those votes originated in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metropolitan region.
60 percent of Arizona’s registered voters are from Maricopa.
There is no doubt that Lake and Hamadeh were the candidates most negatively impacted by the 70 polling places that had abnormally long lineups as a result, in part, of vote tabulating machines failing.
“REMEMBER: 72%+ of the votes on Election Day in person were Republican. When you have 30% of the tabulating machines failing, causing people to leave the lines and give up. This is voter suppression targeting a political part,” Hamadeh tweeted on Saturday.
Here is the problem w/ what happened in Maricopa County on Election Day. This is Anthem, north of Phoenix at about 1:15 pm. Ruby red district of about 30K people. Only one polling location. Ballot tabulators not working in the morning. 2 hr wait to vote midday and still at 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/CY35yQWwq5
— Randy DeSoto (@RandyDeSoto) November 14, 2022
Despite all the issues on Election Day, Lake was able to reduce Hobbs’ lead, which was predicated on her edge in the early voting tallies, from double digits (about 183,000 votes), to less than a percent (around 12,000 votes), by Wednesday after the election, owing to Election Day votes.
Due to results from Election Day, Lake overtook conservative establishment candidate Karrin Taylor Robson in the August primary. Due to early voting and mail-in ballots, Robson, like Hobbs, had jumped up to a double-digit lead on election night.
Contrary to the primary, Lake never had to take the lead over Hobbs, and it’s possible that this was caused by issues with vote tabulators on Election Day throughout Maricopa County.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Given the 17,000 votes separating Lake and Hobbs, it would take a net of approximately 240 Lake voters per the 70 ill-function polling stations to make the difference.
For Hamadeh, it would be just 11.
It seems conceivable that hundreds of people per location either left the line or didn’t show up when they heard about the hours-long wait times.
The Lake campaign tweeted Tuesday night, “This race will come down to a few thousand votes and tabulators were down for hours in red districts. Shame on the media for trying to make excuses for this [disenfranchisement].” CONTINUE READING…